Counselling in the aftermath of Coronavirus
The physical health effects of Coronavirus are known and documented. The mental health effects are there and will start to show themselves more clearly as we head into the second half of the year and on into 2021.
Like the virus itself, some people’s mental and emotional health will have been mildly affected and a little bit of professional support will get their headspace back into a good place. Others will have been badly affected, perhaps even traumatised by their personal experience of COVID-19.
Examples of how people have been affected include:
- Bereavement of a friend or family member
- Being a worker on the front line
- Anxiety or depression as a consequence of self-isolation
- Anxiety or depression as a consequence of shielding
- Staying at home within a dysfunctional relationship/family
- General lack of confidence and/or optimism about the future
In all of these and other circumstances, a trained counsellor will be able to help you. Don’t worry whether the appointment you secure is face-to-face or over the telephone or via Zoom. Each of these counselling options is very effective. I have had specific training in online counselling and have seen its effectiveness at close hand.
If you were suffering from anxiety before the virus and you have found that the level has gone up please reach out to a counsellor. I use EFT/Matrix Reimprinting to help people manage their anxiety. I will teach you this technique and you will be able to use it when you need it. If finances are tight at the moment this could be a really good option for you.
Please reach out to a BACP trained counsellor
The real strength is in reaching out for help. Once you’ve done that, the process of healing can begin. I work with clients who live and work in London (I am based in Covent Garden and London Bridge in particular), but with so many counselling sessions now taking place online, location is no longer a barrier.
Contact me if you are feeling down and would like to talk
Like nearly 100% of counsellors my motivation is helping and guiding people to better mental and emotional health. I offer a 15/20 minute conversation by phone.
We can see if you would like to come for an initial consult and if I think I can be of help to you. If not, then I might be able to recommend someone who may be more suitable. If I can, great and we can proceed.
This lockdown may limit people’s ability to access counselling and therapy for depression as many counsellors are not working face to face.